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Southern Utah Railroad Locomotives
Castle Valley Railroad Locomotives

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The mines of both the Consolidated Fuel Company at Hiawatha and the Castle Valley Coal Company at Mohrland were close and their two respective railroads, Southern Utah Railroad and Castle Valley Railway were both bound for Price.

A joint ownership agreement was signed in July 1909 that allowed the Castle Valley company half ownership in the Southern Utah tracks from Price, south to a junction near the mouth of Miller Creek Canyon (Hiawatha). The deadline for completion was October 1910.

The Southern Utah Railroad was completed in late December 1909, and the Hiawatha mine began shipping in early January 1910.

The Castle Valley Railroad was completed in February 1910, and the Castle Valley mine at Mohrland went into production at the same time.

Southern Utah Railroad

Road
Number
Wheel
Arrangement
Builder Builder
Number
Builder
Date
Date To
SURR
Date
Retired
Utah Ry.
Number
Notes
SURR 50 3 Truck Shay Lima 2274 Mar 1910 Apr 1910 1918   1
SURR 100 2-8-0 Lima 1088 Nov 1909 Oct 1909 Nov 1916   2
SURR 102 2-8-0 Lima 1127 Dec 1910 Dec 1910   Utah no. 2 3
SURR 104 2-8-0 Alco 47772 May 1910 May 1912   Utah no. 4 4

General Notes:

a. Southern Utah rented D&RGW 4-6-0 503 in July 1909, for its use until its own number 100 arrived during mid October 1909 (first track was laid at Price in mid May 1909).
b. Southern Utah no. 50 arrived at Price, Utah, sometime between April 1 and 7, 1910; Lima records show a build date of March 15, 1910.
c. Southern Utah no. 100 was ordered on April 26, 1909; arrived at Price sometime between October 14 and 21, 1909.
d. Southern Utah no. 102 arrived at Price sometime between December 22, and 29, 1910.
e. Southern Utah no. 102 was delivered in late December 1910.
f. Southern Utah no. 104 was purchased from Alco-Schenectady stock in May 1912. The original locomotive had been ordered in January 1910 as Buffalo & Susquehanna 177, order canceled in April 1910, locomotive completed for Alco stock in May 1910; leased to Utah Railway; Alco records show a delivery date of May 1912.
g. The following locomotives were shown as being on-property at the time of an August 1911 mortgage: SURR 50, 100, 102, 104.
h. Poor's 1914 Railroad Manual shows four locomotives, page 1244.
i. Locomotive specifications:
  Road
Number
Cylinders Drivers Engine Weight
  SURR 50      
  SURR 100 20x24 inches 50 inches 159,000 pounds (locomotive only)
  SURR 102      
  SURR 104 21x30 inches 51 inches  

Notes:

1. Southern Utah no. 50 was sold (in 1918?) to Booth-Kelley Lumber Co. no. 5, at Wendling, Oregon; then sold to Flora Logging Co. no. 5 at Carlton, Oregon.
2. Southern Utah no. 100 was transferred to United States Smelting, Refining & Mining's smelter in El Paso, Texas; moved on February 20, 1916 to D&RG's Salt Lake City shops for overhaul, numbered as USS&R 2060; needed in Mexico due to motive power shortage on NdeM due to Villa revolts, to be operated between Pachucha, Mexico and Laredo, Texas

One source showed that after its service in Mexico, the locomotive became San Antonio & Aransas Pass 270, then SP(T&NO) 870.

Allen Copeland adds this comment: a letter from Gerald Best describes a railway in Mexico, the Ferrocarriles Pachuca y Tampico, which was part of Ferrocarriles Mexicano. The Pachuca y Tampico had a number 4, which was reported as Lima 1211 (ed. note: this matches Castle Valley 103) , built in 1912, purchased from Utah Railway in 1918 via the Cia Real del Monte y Pachuca at Pachuca, Mexico, who later turned it over to Pachuca y Tampico as their number 4. The Pachuca y Tampico was abandoned on July 1, 1931 and the Lima 2-8-0 ended up as property of Cerveceria Moctezuma number 10 (Montezuma Beer Co.). Gerald Best wrote that he saw the locomotive in 1957 on an NdeM dead line.
3. Southern Utah no. 102 was leased to Utah Railway on December 1, 1917, then sold to Utah Railway as their number 2 on July 1, 1918; scrapped by Utah Railway at Martin, Utah, in September 1939.
4. Southern Utah no. 104 was leased to Utah Railway on December 1, 1917, then sold to Utah Railway as their number 4 on July 1, 1918; scrapped by Utah Railway in April 1956.

Castle Valley Railroad

Road
Number
Wheel
Arrangement
Builder Builder
Number
Builder
Date
Date
Retired
Utah Ry.
Number
Notes
CVRR 101 2-8-0 Lima 1106 Dec 1909   Utah no. 1 1
CVRR 102 2-8-0 Schenectady 49309 Dec 1910     2
CVRR 103 2-8-0 Lima 1211 Jan 1912   Utah no. 3 3

General Notes:

a. Castle Valley 101 was delivered on January 3, 1910 as Castle Valley no. 1, later renumbered to CVRR no. 101 to match the Southern Utah numbering system. The Southern Utah and Castle Valley shared 18 miles of joint trackage into Price, Utah. (20x24 cylinders, 50 inch drivers, locomotive-only weight of 151,000 pounds)
b. Castle Valley 101 was a duplicate of Southern Utah 100, which was transferred to United States Smelting, Refining & Mining's smelter in El Paso, Texas, during November 1916.
c. Castle Valley 102 (20x26 cylinders, 50 inch drivers, locomotive-only weight of 160,000 pounds) (builder's photo of CV 102 in "Rio Grande...to the Pacific", by Robert A. LeMassena, 1974, page 283)
d. Castle Valley 103 was ordered on October 19, 1911; leased from Lima for one year while its cost of $14,563 was paid off. (Carbon County courthouse records, research done on September 16, 1982)

Notes:

1. Castle Valley 101 was leased to Utah Railway on December 1, 1917; sold to Utah Railway number 1 on July 1, 1918; scrapped by Utah Railway in July 1939 at Martin, Utah.
2. Castle Valley 102 (disposition unknown)
3. Castle Valley 103 was leased to Utah Railway on December 1, 1917; sold to Utah Railway number 3 on July 1, 1918; sold in April 1942 by Utah Railway to United States Transportation Corps, Ogden Arsenal number 6905, 10 April 1942; for sale by War Assets Administration in February 1947, probably scrapped.

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